Nearly two weeks of Dota 2 action have come to this, as Team Secret await one of Evil Geniuses or Virtus.Pro in the Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals.
Each team’s journey to make it here have not come easy. For Evil Geniuses, that has meant surviving one elimination round after another, beating the likes of Forward Gaming, Fnatic, PSG.LGD, and last but not the least, exacting their revenge against their former captain Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager and his latest team, Ninjas in Pyjamas.
It’s been quite a while since Evil Geniuses have hoisted a trophy at such a prestigious event, and while no one doubts their skill as a team, the fact that they have to make it through two of the best Dota 2 teams right now in Virtus.Pro and Team Secret make that a tough hurdle to climb. But, who knows? We’ve seen better lower bracket runs happen in the past, with Evil Geniuses coincidentally authoring quite a few of those themselves.
Having said that, let’s get right on to our picks for the Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals.
Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals Predictions
Evil Geniuses vs Virtus.Pro
Match Schedule: November 18, 2018 — 1100H SGT
If there’s one team that Virtus.Pro have consistently struggled against throughout the years, it’s Evil Geniuses.
A team whose playstyle is predicated on their sheer skill and talent, Evil Geniuses’ gameplan have been relatively simple — win the lanes, win the game. Although there have been games where the boys in blue have had to claw their ways out of a hole to win a game, they have always looked their best when they’re ahead, and most of the time, they are, and it’s all thanks to the superior laning prowess of three of their cores, especially that of Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan.
While Virtus.Pro have since broken their years-long losing streak against Evil Geniuses, the fact remains that this is a matchup that’s historically tilted towards Evil Geniuses favour.
Betting: Evil Geniuses to win at 2.19 odds. (GGbet)
Who’s Going to Win The Tournament?
Beating Team Secret have proven to be nigh-impossible so far this early season. After winning two tournaments, including a big one at ESL One Hamburg 2018, they headed into the tournament burdened by high expectations, and so far, they have delivered, with plenty of room to spare.
Stylistically, Team Secret are the exact opposite of both Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro. Where both of their possible opponents will look to dominate the lanes and run you down, you’ll never know what kind of game Team Secret will look to play in every game. Although this willingness to experiment that’s borderline stupid at times has long them games if not entire tournaments in the past, there’s no indication of this iteration of Team Secret crossing the line and going off-meta just for the sake of doing so just yet.
Considering that the evidence so far favours Team Secret against anyone, there’s really no reason to start doubting them right now.
Betting: Team Secret to win.
All the Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals Odds courtesy of GGbet.